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. the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years. pope benedict says he's stepping down because of his age and diminishing strength. tara moriarty joins us now from san francisco with more on this mornings stunning announcement. tara. >> reporter: the vatican confirming the pope will resign february 28th. we are here at st. mary's cathedral. it's right across the street from the arch diocese. we should mention pope benedict is the first to step down in nearly 600 years. the 85-year-old announced his decision in latin this morning during a meeting of vatican cardinals. he emphasized carrying out the duties of pope the leader of a billion roman catholics requires stamina. something he is running out of. after repeatedly examing my congress before god i came to my strength and age are no longer suited for the ministry. he went on to say that strength of mind and body are necessary. strength with which in the last few months has deteriorated me to the extent i had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. the last pope to resign was gregory in 1415 he did
benedict made his first public appearance since announcing he is stepping down as leader of the catholic church. the pope received a standing ovation as he entered a pack chapel to celebrate ash wednesday. pope benedict told the faithful he is stepping down for the good of the church. citing his frail health. the church plans to have a new pope in place by easter. the end of lent. >>> the carnival cruise ship triumph is being thoughed back. the cruise line has chartered flights to return everyone top houston once they arrive. in the meantime passengers are complaining of overflowing toilets and hot conditions on board. some are choosing to sleep on the deck rather than in their cabinets. >>> four teenagers killed in san suv crash were cow sins in oakland -- cousins in oakland. in the tours say the teenager were heading home from watching a rugby tournament in las vegas when their vehicle hit a center divide. a fifth person survived the crash and is recovering in the hospital. >>> time now 4:44. a man suspected of trying to blow up a bank in oakland is in court today. 28-year-old matthew
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